Uganda’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA Uganda) will soon start grounding all aircraft with excess carbon emissions that land at any airport within the country.This is in response to new standards by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), which set carbon emissions at not more than 5700 kilogrammes for every aircraft a year.
CAA Uganda managing director David Kakuba said starting next year, the body will not allow airlines that emit more than the newly-required carbon levels by ICAO to land in Uganda.
“Every end of year we certify operators that operate within Uganda and if we find that you contravene this, we either ground you here or we tell you you’re not welcome to Entebbe international Airport,” he said.
The Standard will apply to new aircraft type designs from 2020 and to aircraft type designs already in-production as of 2023.
Those in-production aircraft which by 2028 do not meet the standard will no longer be able to be produced unless their designs are sufficiently modified.
Ronald Barongo, the director Safety, Security and Economic Regulation at CAA Uganda said Uganda and neighbouring countries will tap into the knowledge of their Kenyan counterparts to easily implement the directive.
Implementation of the standards is in Line with countries’ efforts to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and foster conservation, sustainable management of forests, and enhancement of forest carbon stocks, an arrangement also known as REDD+.
According to 2017 statistics, Uganda’s aviation authority receives up to 26,886 aircraft movement annually with 52,841 tonnes and up to 1,620,000 passengers.